“Break the heads” of those giving orders in my name - Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told ruling Justice and Development Party parliamentarians on Friday that they should refuse to accept orders in his name, according to BirGün newspaper.

“For those who say ‘Sir, the palace wants it like this’, those who use my name, break their heads, take them by the ear and throw them out of the door,” Erdoğan said.

“If a minister or bureaucrat says ‘those above want it like this’, do not believe them: get in touch with me.”

At yesterday’s hearing of an Iran sanctions-busting trial, Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab testified that then-Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan had told him that Erdoğan and then-Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan had ordered the scheme to be carried out through two additional state banking institutions.

It was clear that Zarrab’s words were on Erdoğan’s mind.

“How was Zarrab allowed to go overseas? Those responsible must be found and the necessary (punishment) carried out,” he said.

The aim of the trial was to damage Turkey, he said.

“These people are openly, openly attacking the Turkish republic. They want to show Turkey as guilty and carry out proceedings that will put us under suspicion,” Erdoğan said.

Our interlocutor on this subject is (U.S. President Donald) Trump.”